Player Safety

Little League Activities Postponed until May

UpdatedFriday April 17, 2020 by RH+RBK Little Leagues .

Little League Activities Postponed until May                                                                                                                       

April 17 Update

No change to our postponed status as of today.  

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April 5 Update

Thank you for visiting the website for an update.  Little League activities for Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little League remain postponed until on or after May 11.  During this time, we hope that are little league families are safe and we wish for good health for our families and the many heroes that are involved in essential businesses.

We wanted to give you a quick update on the current thinking of the local little league board members.  It goes without saying that any plans are contingent on developments between now and the beginning of baseball, and to that end we continue to monitor advice from Little League International and local health agencies.

Should we be able to begin Little League activities on or about May 11, the division leaders are prepared to roster teams and begin scheduling.  The following elements have been discussed:

  • Begin games as soon as possible,
  • Potentially rostering teams for a majors and a minors division for in house play (reducing coach and player pitch to a single division for 2020),
  • For Majors:  in addition to a practice, play 3 games a week.  Conclude 1 week prior to the mid-June picnic date / tournament start to allow for an abbreviated playoff.  This would enable a 12 game regular season, plus post season play.
  • For Minors and Tee Ball:  extending the season into July, allowing these teams to play twice a week as they have in the past,
  • Jr/Sr:  Depends on district schedule / play as this is a program that travels throughout the county.
  • Softball:  Similar to Jr/Sr baseball, this depends on district schedule / play.

To this end, we are working to obtain enough baseball and softball equipment to begin the season in spite of a constrained supply chain.  Uniforms, umpire scheduling, and other purchases will be looked in the future as we are trying to limit 2020 expenses in case the season is cancelled and refunds must be made.

As previously announced, a restatement of the refund policy has been approved by the boards for the 2020 spring season.  Terms remain largely the same with the addition that in the event of a cancellation of the spring season full refunds will be made.  Our friends and neighbors who are encountering a financial hardship for which an immediate refund would be helpful are encouraged to confidentially contact Jeff Cassens.

We are continuing to post some drills and skills on the website that can be worked on at home.  As the weather warms, we encourage you to grab a ball and glove and have a catch in the yard.  At the current time, Wager Field remains locked as the park is closed except for the walking trails.

We’ll continue to post updates here, until definitive plans can be made.

April 2, 2020 update:

Little League activities remain suspended until May 11.  As Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little Leagues continue to monitor developments we want to share a message to the families of Little Leaguers from the leadership in Williamsport.  

https://www.littleleague.org/news/little-league-open-letter-to-parents/?utm_source=ll%20-%20march&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=steve%20link

 

March 25, 2020 update:

As we monitor developments during this unprecedented time and draw up contingency plans, we continue with the postponement of any Little League activities until May 11.  We will continue to post updates to this page as they become available.  Once a final determination is reached on the 2020 Spring Season we will notify families by email as well.  

While we continue to hope that a spring season can be salvaged, the Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little League boards have approved, for the 2020 spring season, this temporary replacement (in bold+italics) to our refund policy:

Refunds at the request of the Registrant:

** Prior to the End of Regular Registration: Full refund less $20 

** After Regular Registration Closes until the First Practice: Full refund less $50

** After the First Practice: No Refunds

Refunds due to the cancellation of the 2020 Spring Season

** In the event that the 2020 Spring Season is cancelled due the pandemic, families will be refunded 100% of the registration fees paid up to the date of cancellation of the season.

The league bears costs upon registration (registration and/or Credit Card fees) as well as costs prior to team practices/games (uniforms, caps, equipment).  Due to these costs, our refund policy reduces the amount of refund for a cancelled participation.  If you have any questions, please contact the league.  Thank you for your understanding!

Whether that refund will be in the form of a check or card credit is to be determined.

We recognize that with these uncertain times comes financial implications in our neighborhoods.  If the registration fee now presents a financial hardship, please contact Jeff Cassens (rhinebeckll.treasurer@gmail.com) or Jim Mulvey (jmulvey43@gmail.com) to confidentially request an exception refund.

Thank you.  We wish our players and families good health, and look forward to seeing the players on the field.

 

March 18, 2020 update:

While we await baseball, the Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little League boards will begin posting some links to baseball training information and videos.  This may be useful as the weather gets warmer, and players want to get outside and practice at home.  The best way to become better is to play baseball:  have a catch, play wiffle ball, perhaps practice some pitching (easy to do too - set up a garbage can that represents the strike zone, walk off 60 feet, and strike out the third out in the championship game ... all in the back yard!)

Tee Ball is posted here http://rh-rbkll.com/site/ClientSite/article/3459133

Stay tuned - info for more divisions of play is coming!

Updated LL Guidance March 16

As a league we strive to provide our players and their families a safe environment for baseball and softball activitties.

On March 15, updated direction was issued by Little League International .  With the safety of our players in mind, Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little Leagues have postponed additional youth baseball and softball activities until May 11.

Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little Leagues will align to evolving guidance from Little League International.  The scheduled indoor winter training and player evaluations for T-Ball, Coach Pitch, Player Pitch, and Majors divisions of play have been cancelled.  Planning for little league spring softball training will take into account guidance from Little League.

Future Plans and Announcements

At the current time, we are assessing the impacts of this delay.   Registration remains open for the Spring 2020 season.  In the meantime we will continue to monitor recommendations from Little League and the various public health agencies.  As the situation evolves, we will modify our season plans and updates will be communicated via this website.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Cassens at 914-489-3479 / rhinebeckll.treasurer@gmail.com or a member of the Red Hook and Rhinebeck Little League boards.

Thank you.